planky84 (3119) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from the Beers of Europe Christmas case. Pours a copper colour with a white head. Yet another thin bodied Christmas ale. Aromas of pepper spice, dark fruit and toffee. Flavours of sweet spice, lemon sherbet and caramel.
ForlornHope (488) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Pours a clear ruby red-brown with a tight white head. Aroma of rich malt, earthy hop and some fruit. Taste is slightly sweet, closely followed by the trademark Oakleaf bitterness. Rich mouthfeel and good carbonation. Again, a little fruit, nice long dry finish. I like this: it ducks the trend for sweet, heavy Xmas ales and leans towards the dry and bitter.
SilkTork (5694) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml dark bottle, unfiltered. £2.15 from Bitter Virtue, Southampton. Red tinged colour. Spicy fruit and yeast aroma. Gentle mouthfeel - soft, vanishing into water. Pleasant, but not exciting malt flavours - developing tobacco bitterness. OK, but not really my thing. I normally like Oakleaf, but this one is not to my taste.
allmyvinyl (10295) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours amber with a light haze, thin white ring of head. Aromas of toffee, malt, raisins and sultanas. Taste is sweet, candied peel, more sultanas. Thin body, sweet finish. Not bad.
mr_h (5355) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask by handpump at 3 Judges, Glasgow - clear amber, non-existent white head, minimal lacing, mild malty, fruity aroma, toffee, grapefruit, well balanced, clean finish
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Cask at the Market Porter.
A lovely bright amber colour but no head. Really good Oakleaf hoppy stuff all round. Plenty of citrussy grapefruit character and some really good earthy malt in the background. Really well balanced finish. A straight forward bitter really. Just brimming with grapefruit bitterness and excellent earthy malt. Great length. Great balance. Good beer
SaintMatty (7207) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle - Amber with a slight haze. Toffee, fruity and hops in the aroma with some grapefruit also featuring. Hoppy and fruity taste with biscuit and grapefruit featuring strongly. A pleasant bitterness.
johndoughty (5311) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Muddy brown appearance which was quite off putting. Flat with no life whatsoever. Some fruitiness with bitterness gradually sinking through.
Improve the appearance and put a bit of life and this would have been a decent bottled beer. But it was not.
harrisoni (18050) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle from Realale.com at Ealing BF 07. Cloudy muddy red/brown colour. Thick lasting beige head. Hop aroma is lovely. Full in mouth. Very good, red berry, full bitter. Sherberty hop aroma. Malts come through too. I really like Oakleaf beers, although it started well, it became poor. Some chalkyness. Starts well, but this chalky mouthfeel is not good and lasts into the finish.
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy, deep amber with a nice offwhite head. Lots of caramel and fruit hitting the nose. Caramel flavours with a good fruity middle and a long, hoppy finish. Medium to full body. This beer should keep Rudolf happy.